Industry Moves

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GMR hires a new VP strategic partnership

Christopher Grimston, former VP marketing at Alibi Entertainment and VP creative/partner at The Hive, joined the Toronto agency.

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Pareto shuts down

The shopper marketing company, which had offices in Toronto, Montreal and Richmond Hill, Ont., closed its doors Monday.

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Tribal Worldwide names new CD

Josh Stein, former CD at BBDO Proximity, will lead the digital agency’s Toronto office.

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Leo Burnett hires three

Yusong Zang (pictured), Rica Eckersley and Adam Thur join the agency in senior art director and copywriting roles.

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Zulu Alpha Kilo brings in a creative technology director

The Toronto agency hired Jeff Vermeersch, previously at Proximity BBDO, to help provide technology solutions for clients.

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Cossette resigns BMO account

The agency, which has worked with the bank for close to 13 years, will not participate in an upcoming review.

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Jenny Smith launches Ray

The former Target ACD has launched her St. John’s-based agency with clients such as the St. John’s IceCaps and the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation.

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Hugues Choquette steps down at Tam-Tam\TBWA

The VP and creative director is taking some time to himself following nearly 10 years in the role.

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Retail vet launches TouchPoint consulting company

Mike Davies, former manager of shopper marketing for Metro, and his team of subject matter experts, are looking to work with clients to help lead their shopper marketing efforts.

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Amanda Ploughman named VP marketing at Shaw Media

The former MediaCom and Pelmorex Media CEO’s new oversight includes both the company’s specialty and conventional channels.

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Shaw Media marketing exec Muriel Solomon departs

The specialty channel marketing exec leaves, following Jamie Schouela exiting the broadcaster last year, to later resurface as EVP of marketing and communications at Blue Ant Media.

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One Advertising hires two

The agency’s Toronto office welcomes David Rewak and Adam Brain as its new director of strategic planning and director of digital strategy, respectively.

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Executive changes at Grey Vancouver

The president of the agency is retiring from his post, with managing director Maria Kennedy and general manager Neil McPhedran (pictured) stepping in to lead the agency.

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Giants & Gentlemen wins Days Inn

The agency says it expects the first TV spots for the hotel chain to air in early 2014.

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Twist Image makes two senior hires

Karla Congson (pictured) joins the agency as executive strategy director and managing director, and Kelly Small comes to the agency as a creative director, both working out of the Toronto office.